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Orangepeel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-23-04 11:05 PM
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22. directly, no. indirectly, yes
Ironically, the official Democratic party is run like a republic.

Members of the DNC vote for the chair. Members of the DNC are elected. How they are elected varies from state to state.

In Florida, members of the DNC include certain automatic members (e.g., federally elected Democrats, the State Party Chair) and people elected to represent Florida by State Committeemen and State Committeewomen.

State Committeemen and women are also elected. There is one of each representing each county in the state. At the state level, they have weighted votes depending on a complex formula determined by population of the county and the percentage of the population voting Democratic in the last presidential election.

State Committeemen and women are elected by precinct men and women in each county. New ones need to be elected in early December. The precinct men and women (one from each precinct, unless there are more than 1000 registered dems in the precinct and then there are two of each) were elected during the Democratic primary on Sept. 30.

So, you had a chance to pick your precinct man and woman in the primary. You even could have run to be one yourself. They have a chance to pick their state committeeman and woman in December. These people then have a chance to pick the DNC members who will pick the DNC chair.

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  -Do we, the Democrats, have any say in the DNC chair? blondeatlast  Nov-23-04 05:02 PM   #0 
  - Find out the people in your area who are designated  ibegurpard   Nov-23-04 05:06 PM   #1 
  - The votes will be open and those who vote "wrong" will be punished  genius   Nov-23-04 08:49 PM   #16 
  - As I understand it  Mabus   Nov-23-04 05:06 PM   #2 
  - Your state's DNC members were elected by the delegates to your state's  scarletwoman   Nov-23-04 05:29 PM   #5 
     - Nah.  Mabus   Nov-23-04 07:57 PM   #15 
        - Oh dear... I guess we're really lucky in Minnesota.  scarletwoman   Nov-23-04 08:55 PM   #17 
           - Yeah, great thing about democracy  Mabus   Nov-23-04 10:49 PM   #21 
  - Here's a good source of information:  scarletwoman   Nov-23-04 05:25 PM   #3 
  - Exactly right.  saracat   Nov-23-04 05:26 PM   #4 
  - Thanks!  scarletwoman   Nov-23-04 05:32 PM   #6 
  - That list is outdated  MaineDem   Nov-23-04 06:04 PM   #9 
  - Thanks for the heads up.  scarletwoman   Nov-23-04 06:11 PM   #11 
  - Thank you, excellent info.  blondeatlast   Nov-23-04 06:10 PM   #10 
     - You're welcome! I hope it's helpful to you.  scarletwoman   Nov-23-04 06:14 PM   #12 
  - No....unless you are a "Lobbyist" or could afford to give over a thousand  KoKo01   Nov-23-04 05:32 PM   #7 
  - I say Dennis Kucinich!  lessthanjake   Nov-23-04 05:48 PM   #8 
  - AS far as I know, no.  catbert836   Nov-23-04 06:23 PM   #13 
  - Doesn't mean we shouldn't at least TRY to make a difference, does it?  scarletwoman   Nov-23-04 06:50 PM   #14 
     - I'm up for the battle, indeed.  blondeatlast   Nov-23-04 09:15 PM   #18 
  - It varies from state to state, but...  ken-in-seattle   Nov-23-04 10:10 PM   #19 
  - I think the chair should be comfortable and USA made  zulchzulu   Nov-23-04 10:12 PM   #20 
  - directly, no. indirectly, yes  orangepeel68   Nov-23-04 11:05 PM   #22 

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